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DePauw Chamber Singers to Explore 'The Sacred and Profane' Thursday Night

October 3, 2006

Chamber Singers Crouch 2006.jpgOctober 3, 2006, Greencastle, Ind. - The DePauw Chamber Singers will explore themes of "The Sacred and Profane" in a Thursday evening performance. Featured in the 7:30 p.m. concert at Thompson Recital Hall will be Benjamin Britten's song cycle of the same name, which deliberately juxtaposes sacred and secular themes, and reflects the blurred boundaries which existed in the middle ages between religion, superstition, and the everyday. The evening of music is free and open to the public.

Besides Britten's music, the select 22-member ensemble will be performing otherfall-leaves.jpg works which tread on either side of the sacred and profane: Three Motets, Op. 38 by Charles Stanford, works from the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom by Sergei Rachmaninov, folk song settings by Francis Poulenc, and Eric Whitacre's gorgeous work Lux Aurumque, which sets a Latin translation of an American poem to cast it's subject, "light," in an ethereal glow, even though the text is secular.

"The choir has been working very hard to master some challenging and beautiful music," states Gabriel Crouch, director of the DePauw Chamber Singers and former second baritone in the King's Singers. "We are very much looking forward to presenting our efforts on stage for the first time this semester."

Established in 1884, the DePauw University School of Music is one of the oldest institutions in the country of its kind. For more information, click here or call (765) 658-4380.

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